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Author: Alyson Tuck

Jul 18, 2014

Sharing Best Practices

The word is out: NC State has a reputation for quality online education and the innovative use of learning technologies. As part of a leading research university, DELTA staff members are motivated to keep up with the top-notch faculty we support. For us, that means staying abreast of trends in learning technologies and online education, being… 

Jul 14, 2014

Blackboard Collaborate to be Upgraded August 1

On August 1, DELTA will release an upgraded version of Blackboard Collaborate through WolfWare ( 

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Jul 11, 2014

Service that Scales: Recording Distance Education Courses–From a Distance

When faced with a 20 percent increase in demand for their Distance Education (DE) classroom recording services, Tony Pearson and his team in DELTA’s Video Communications Services (VCS) refused to choose between strong customer service and scalability. Instead, they found a way for their team to serve more instructors and students with the same commitment… 

Jul 3, 2014

Making Education Matter: Transforming Educational Videos to Engage Students

Sarah Egan Warren, assistant director of the English department’s Professional Writing Program, struggled to convince her students that what they learned in her class mattered. These future engineers could easily see how they would benefit from strong math skills or a foundation in engineering principles, but they didn’t always recognize the value of taking an… 

Jun 27, 2014

Blurring the Lines: Examining the Impact of the DE Tuition Change

When full-time, on-campus students registered for fall 2012 Distance Education (DE) courses, for the first time in more than a decade they didn’t wince at the additional cost. For them, the price tag for taking their class in a lecture hall or taking it online was exactly the same. As a result, the percentage of… 

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Jun 20, 2014

Sharpening Our Tools: Improving NC State’s Enterprise Learning Technologies

At DELTA, we are almost always upgrading something—a learning management system (LMS), tool, plug-in, or some piece of our extensive enterprise learning technologies. If we’re not actively upgrading, we’re planning an upgrade. It’s enough to make a user wonder, why all the changes? When it comes to learning technologies, our guiding philosophy is to meet… 

Jun 13, 2014

Supporting Our Faculty: One Instructor’s Experiences with Instructional Support Services

NC State faculty are world-renowned experts in many areas, but they are not always familiar with using learning technologies. That’s why they turn to DELTA’s Instructional Support Services (ISS) team for help. This team of instructional technologists helps build instructors’ skills and confidence as they incorporate technology into their teaching. ISS assists hundreds of instructors each… 

Jun 6, 2014

Redesigning Courses: Flipping Precalculus to Improve Student Success

Several years ago Dr. Brenda Burns-Williams started to notice her students in MA 111: Precalculus Algebra and Trigonometry becoming disconnected from the course material—quite literally. They didn’t want to carry around the enormous course textbook because it was heavy and not particularly useful, and it embarrassingly signaled to others that they were taking a “remedial”… 

Oct 1, 2013

Learning Analytics in Higher Education: An Annotated Bibliography

Just as big data has become big business in industries from marketing to medicine, so too has it found a place in higher education. Companies use the “data exhaust” we leave in our wake as we traverse the World Wide Web to generate advice and ads, recommend music and movies, and connect us to friends… 

Sep 26, 2013

Website Redesign Features Service-Oriented Approach

DELTA launched a newly redesigned website, focused on helping you learn about our services more easily, get help faster and learn more about our work with university departments, faculty and courses. The service-oriented navigation guides our key audience, NC State faculty and staff, to DELTA’s service areas, where they can explore details and contact information about…